The Delaware Christian School girls basketball team ended a six-year postseason drought when it defeated Madison Christian 54-27 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament at Central Crossing on Feb. 17.

The Delaware Christian School girls basketball team ended a six-year postseason drought when it defeated Madison Christian 54-27 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament at Central Crossing on Feb. 17.

"It's a great feeling to be able to enjoy this one with the girls because it's been a while since we've won one," coach Jackie Boggs said.

The Eagles hadn't won a tournament game since 2004. That year, they won two postseason games before losing to fourth-seeded Centerburg 42-31.

Delaware Christian hopes to at least match that when it plays eighth-seeded Fisher Catholic in the second round at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Pickerington North. The Irish beat Fairfield Christian 39-29 in their opener to advance.

Fisher Catholic, which is 10-11 overall, is led by senior forward Emily Shumaker, junior forward Iris Miller and senior guard Melea Smith. Shumaker averages 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. Miller averages 7.4 points and 7.4 rebounds. Miller adds 7.4 points and 3.1 assists.

The seventh-seeded Eagles, who had split regular-season contests with Madison Christian, came out a bit tentative in the tournament opener. They led just 20-19 at halftime.

Buoyed by its full-court press, Delaware Christian began the second half on an 8-0 run in the first 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

"We turned up the pressure and got to the right spots on the floor with our press in the second half," Boggs said. "We didn't shoot well in the first half and once we got some layups to start the second half, we gained some confidence."

After Madison Christian got consecutive baskets from sophomore guard Lindsay Carrier, who scored 14 points, Delaware Christian went on a 12-1 run to end the third quarter with a 40-24 lead.

"I thought Lenora Boyer played a good game once she began catching the ball in the post and I think Jessica Kapraly played well, and Sarah Harp did a nice job defending Carrier," Boggs said. "Once we got one player going well in the second half, it carried over to the entire team."

Haley Kirby led the Eagles with 15 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and four assists. Boyer had 10 points and Kapraly added nine. Brenna McCullough had nine points and 13 rebounds. Harp supplied seven points and nine steals.

The Eagles finished 5-5 in the MOCAL to tie Gahanna Christian for third place behind champion Tree of Life (9-1) and Fairfield Christian (7-3). Madison Christian and Grove City Christian both went 2-8 and tied for fifth.

•The boys basketball team enters the Division IV district tournament on a high note after closing the regular season by winning three of four, including 72-49 over Northside Christian on Feb. 17.

The Eagles are 11-9 overall and will play either Fisher Catholic or Millersport at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Olentangy Liberty. Those teams play Tuesday, Feb. 22.

If the Eagles win their tournament opener, they'll play top-seeded Tree of Life or Granville Christian at 8 p.m. March 2 at Westerville North.

Fisher Catholic was 5-14 and Millersport was 6-13 before their regular-season finales Feb. 18. Both are members of the MSL-Cardinal Division.

Millersport is led by sophomore guard Alton Frizzell, junior guard Rob Weldon and 6-foot-4 post player Cody Kraner. Frizzell averages 20.1 points per game. Weldon averages 5.4 assists and Kraner averages 10.8 rebounds.

Frizzell scored 31 points, Weldon had 13 and Kraner added 12 in the Lakers' 75-68 win over Delaware Christian on Dec. 14. The Eagles led 38-33 at halftime but were outscored 28-13 in third quarter.

Delaware Christian has not played Fisher Catholic this season. The Irish are led in scoring by Jordan Shonk (11.2 points per game), Joe Delisio (10.2), Brandon Battle (7.1) and Taylor Brady (6.8). Battle (9.1) and Brady (6.3) lead in rebounding. Emit Soler averages 2.5 assists.

Included in Delaware Christian's recent hot streak was a 47-46 win over Tree of Life on Feb. 11. It was the Eagles' first victory over Tree of Life, which won the MOCAL title.

Ryan Zinn made one of two free throws with less than a second remaining for the winning point. Zinn had 11 points and four assists. Jeremy Glick also scored 11 points and Luke McGrath grabbed nine rebounds.

Delaware Christian finished fourth in the MOCAL at 5-5, behind Tree of Life (8-2) and Fairfield Christian and Gahanna Christian (both 7-3). Grove City Christian (2-8) and Madison Christian (1-9) rounded out the standings.

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Delaware Christian School boys and girls basketball teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Feb. 11 - Defeated Tree of Life 47-46. Ryan Zinn and Jeremy Glick both scored 11 points.

Feb. 12 - Lost to Shekinah Christian 64-39. Zinn scored 16 points.

Feb. 15 - Def. Village Academy 86-43. Glick (22), Zinn (14), Hughie Kerins (13) and Michael Sullivan (10) led 12 Eagles who scored.

Feb. 17 - Def. Northside Christian 72-49

Feb. 25 - Fisher Catholic or Millersport in first round of Division IV district tournament, 8 p.m. at Olentangy Liberty. The winner plays top-seeded Tree of Life or Granville Christian, 8 p.m. March 2 at Westerville North.

Of note: The Eagles are 11-9 overall and finished 5-5 in the MOCAL.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Feb. 12 - Def. Northside Christian 56-26. Jessica Kapraly scored 13 points and Brenna McCullough had 10.

Feb. 17 - Def. Madison Christian 54-27 in first round of Division IV district tournament

Feb. 25 - Fisher Catholic in second round of district tournament, 6 p.m. at Pickerington North. Fisher Catholic is seeded eighth and Delaware Christian is seeded seventh. The winner plays top-seeded Harvest Prep or Gahanna Christian in a district semifinal, 8 p.m. March 1 at Westerville Central.

Of note: The Eagles are 13-7 overall and finished 5-5 in the MOCAL.

*MOCAL game